In this section, TheFreeSite.com takes a look at business-related freebies on the Web. These range from free services aimed at businesses to online storefronts to services that help you manage your business.
Looking to do business on the Web? This free service lets you easily set up and manage your own custom online storefront, including such features as your own subdomain and shopping cart. Vstore will also host your storefront, for free.
At this site, you can easily set up your own online storefront for free. 1FreeCart.com offers hosting and a robust shopping cart system with lots of features, including PayPal IPN e-commerce integration, a secured shopping environment, and integration with Google Analytics.
This site offers an original collection of free printable sale signs for retailers. The signs here are in PDF format that you can download and output on your printer. Signs are available for a variety of types of sales promotions.
(Note: this offer is valid for U.S. businesses only). Follow the instructions to request your choice of either a custom promotional laser-engraved Paragon pen or a flashlight pen from National Pen. Limit: one sample per customer.
This popular free software site offers over 800,000 listings, with each program reviewed and rated. Around 40 percent of the programs here are freeware. Categories include audio & MP3 software, desktop enhancements, games, mobile & PDA software, multimedia, software development, utilities, Web authoring and more.
Got a Web design project that you need done? This free service lets you post details of your Web project and receive bids from free-lancers from around the world who specialize in site design, Flash, graphics, etc.
Looking to improve your business skills? At this site, scroll down the page and you'll find a good roundup of over 150 free business courses, many from top universities. Topics include accounting, business school podcasts, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing and startups.
Looking to do business on the Web? This lively free forum covers all aspects of marketing on the Net. Topics in this family-friendly, moderated forum range from advertising techniques to online business management. IM4Newbies also offers free ads for members.
This free service lets you easily set up a live customer support chat system on your Web site. LiveHelpEngine.com also offers a free real-time visitor tracking service that lets you keep tabs on how visitors are using your site.
This site offers a directory of over 300 trade magazine subscription offers that are "free to professionals who qualify." Note: many of the offers have international availability, but most are U.S. only.
Looking to make money on the Web? This site reviews and rates various programs that can earn revenue for you, including ad networks, affiliate programs, home business opportunities and more. Revenue programs are available here for Webmasters, as well as a general audience.
An excellent free Web-based service that offers Microsoft Office-like functions, including a Microsoft Word-compatible word processor, a spreadsheet tool and Zoho Show, a program that offers PowerPoint-like features.
U.S. taxpayers who are eligible can get free online tax preparation and electronic filing via The Free File Alliance, a public-private partnership. Eligibility is determined by several factors, including your age, income, state of residence, etc.
At this site, you'll find hundreds of free business, computer, engineering and trade white papers, downloads and podcasts that are "free to professionals who qualify." Topics include management, marketing, operations, sales, and technology. Note: many of the offers have international availability, but most are U.S. only.
Tired of stale, delayed stock quotes? This free, advertising-supported service gives you real-time quotes that you can retrieve as fast as your connection will allow. All you need to do is register (which is free, too) and abide by the rules. This popular service can be difficult to access during times of peak stock trading. The service may encounter some problems behind firewalls (read their FAQ for solutions). (Information available on U.S. markets only.) Options quotes not available now, but are promised soon.
A helpful program for businesses, WHOS-IN lets people on a company's network keep track of where everyone else is (and what their availability is). It's the equivalent of a traditional "in-out" board, but much more versatile. The 5-user version is freeware. (For Windows).